I left a lot out of my powerpoint in the interest of time (although we still had a lengthy discussion afterwards lol), so I didn’t mention child maltreatment very much. But someone inquired about the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment. These two issues, unfortunately, overlap very strongly. Children who are exposed to domestic violence, even a little bit, are at a very high risk of exhibiting negative emotional and psychological behaviors. There is also evidence to suggest that abused children grow up to become abusers themselves, which compounds the problem. But specific to child maltreatment, mothers who are abused suffer numerous consequences that will affect the mother/child relationship. Mothers may become depressed, anti-social, have attachment problems, etc. This makes them unable to adequately care for their children. In addition, abusers who abuse their partners/spouses are also more than likely abusing the children. This results in a very ugly and dangerous family situation. To me, domestic violence is very much it’s own detrimental cycle. The abuse itself, in addition to the consequences of abuse, are also risk factors for abuse once again. It’s like it never ends, but it can with serious attention and effort.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Intimate partner violence. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html
Lien, H. (2003). Child protection in families experiencing domestic violence. Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/domesticviolence/domesticviolenceb.cfm